Thanksgiving is a holiday meant for a mid-century modern home. MCM residences undeniably instill a feeling of togetherness. Family and friends have so many places to gather and all be in each others company within a spacious-feeling open floor plan home. It is no coincidence that a mid-century modern dwelling imparts warm holiday spirits.
Mid-Century Modern Design Reflected Major Cultural Changes
The Mid-Century Modern Lifestyle accompanied and encouraged many important changes in American culture. For example, changing times and new advances brought loved ones into the kitchen during food preparation. The kitchen was traditionally a small removed room that confined women away from guests or family during the day. However, the space quickly became a place for socializing in a post-war culture.
The act of cooking became much more of an art than a daily chore. MCM design reflected this cultural shift, bringing the kitchen out into the open, literally. MCM homes incorporated open concept living spaces that helped facilitate entertaining across a dwelling’s rooms. The main meal was still cooked ahead of time but some food preparation while hosting was acceptable and enjoyed.
The period was one of increasing convenience in food preparation. Kitchen design evolved with the new trends and innovations. In the mid 1990s, the kitchen became the center of the house and a place for socializing. There was suddenly more time for entertaining guests due to appliances that helped automate mundane tasks and streamlined recipes resulting from frozen and canned foods. The kitchen became the showpiece of the house. Therefore, MCM design often dictated that the space be visible from the first step into the home.
Thanksgiving the Mid-Century Modern Way
Thanksgiving is a great example of the new social focus on the kitchen and cooking during the era. Holidays were just as much celebrated in the kitchen as the dining room. The area for entertaining grew and so did the potential for inviting more guests. Every space was made cheerful with holiday decorations and warm touches.
Food preparation was now an art form. New recipes were constantly appearing. The Thanksgiving table of the mid-1900s featured novel dishes such as casseroles and gelatins. Indeed, most gelatin recipes have succumbed (due to being widely perceived as gross), but their inception was indeed based on innovations of the era. Food was as fun to prepare, as it was to consume. A potluck-style Thanksgiving was now perfectly acceptable. The cornucopia made an appearance at the adult’s table. The ornament was more for looks, but still edible, and you could always be sure an uncle or a grandfather was dipping into it for a snack before the feast.
A mid-century modern home was naturally more festive. The open floor plan meant the kids’ table didn’t feel so far away from the adults’ table. Any misbehaving was easily spotted, though not always on. Everyone could take in the décor around the house from his or her seat at the table, making the space feel all the more warm and celebratory. Mid-century homes still feel just as inviting as ever, especially during the holidays.
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